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Crowe: Use Illinois steel to fuel local economies

Jason Fernandez, State Senator Rachelle Crowe, Craig McKey and Dan Simmons (l-r)SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) adopted legislation in the Senate today urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies.

Senate Resolution 84 recognizes the importance of the steel industry and the jobs it supports in Illinois. This legislation is an effort by Crowe to highlight her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

“Our local communities have been hurt by the shift to using steel from overseas sources,” said Crowe. “Illinois has an abundance of resources to contribute to the nation’s need for steel, so let’s make use of them.”

In Illinois, the steel industry employs more than 9,000 workers and supports about 64,000 jobs. Production has steadily declined over the years because of imported steel.

“Our steel mills have been threatened for years, costing jobs and deficits to our economy,” said Dan Simmons, president of United Steelworkers Local 1899 in Granite City. “I’m pleased our lawmakers and the state are taking initiatives to protect the industry.”

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart